Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Neighbourhood Garland Tutorial

We found this tutorial for a Neighbourhood Garland on Laura Bray's Katydiddys blog. The Neighbourhood Garland is a great way to decorate a child's room or as decorations for a house-warming party. It's very easy to personalise by mixing and matching fabrics to suit.


Heavyweight interfacing
Fabric scraps
Fabric pen
Embroidery thread & needle


1. Cut house shapes from interfacing. I cut short and tall house shapes. The small houses measure 2"x 2" and the tall houses are 1.75"x 3.5" You can make them whatever size or shape you want, but make sure you cute one solid house shape. Don't separate the roof from the base.

2. Lay fabric scraps onto the front and back of your interfacing. I used solid fabric to cover the back of the houses and different contrasting fabrics to accentuate the roof portion on the front. Leave some fabric overlap around the house shape.

3. Fuse the fabric to the interfacing according to manufacturer directions. Trim excess fabric off.

4. Using a fabric pen, draw windows and doors onto your little houses.

5. Thread your embroidery needle and knot one end of your thread. Sew your first house onto the thread by pushing your needle through the front of you house. Keep to one side where the roof meets the house. Bring the needle up through the other side of the house, straight across. Create a knot next to hold the house in place. Move a few inches down your thread, tie off another knot and slide your next house onto the embroidered thread.

6. It's ready to hang.

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